SSO IN A NUTSHELL
Summer Show-Offs is a five-day show choir day camp for rising 1st through 12th graders. The camp is divided into four age groups: 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th, and 7th - 12th. Each group learns a set of five songs with music and choreography chosen specifically for their age group.
What makes SSO a unique performing arts camp is that every camper is given the opportunity to sing a solo. The overall SSO camp experience builds confidence and character though song and dance.
Specific camp details will be provided by email to registered campers one week prior to their camp date.
Check-In and Carpool
Monday morning, park and walk your child inside for Monday Check-In.
Every other day, there will be a carpool line when you arrive for dropoff.
Lunches may be ordered through the camp store on Monday morning for Monday through Thursday. Alternatively, you may send a sack lunch and drink with your child each day.
On Friday, Muffins/fruit (morning show) or pizza (afternoon shows) are provided for every camper (included in camp tuition).
Lunch order options vary by camp location.
Show-Off Time and Check-Out
Monday through Thursday at 1:40, we have "Show-Off Time." Be sure to check your camp informational email to see when your camper shows-off. Parents are welcome to attend. Once Show-Off Time ends at 2:00, 1st - 6th graders need to be signed out with their counselor by a parent or guardian. 7th - 12th graders are not required to be signed out by a parent.
SSO Frequently Asked Questions
Q - What age children can attend SSO?
A - Rising 1st through 12th graders.
Q - How long does camp last each day?
A - Camp lasts from 9-2 on Monday-Thursday. You choose your child's Friday performance time when you register.
Q - Are all age groups offered at all camp weeks?
A - Yes, with the exception of July 8-12 in Birmingham: For that week, the Friday 10:00 performance is for grades 1st-6th only and the Friday 2:30 performance is for grades 1st-4th only.
Q - How are the age groups divided?
A- The campers are divided into the following age groups: 1st-2nd, 3rd-4th, 5th-6th, and 7th-12th.
Q - When is payment due?
A - Payment is due in full at time of registration.
Q - What is the cost of Summer Show-Offs?
A - Tuition is $360 for a week of camp.
Q - How do I pay for Summer Show-Offs?
A - Payment can be made online with Visa or Mastercard (a service fee will be applied), or you can send a paper check to Summer Show-Offs mailing address:
270 Doug Baker Blvd.
Suite 700, Box 328
Birmingham, AL 35242
CHECKS MUST BE RECEIVED IN 10 DAYS. IF PAYMENT IS NOT RECEIVED WITHIN 10 DAYS, YOUR REGISTRATION WILL BE VOIDED AND YOU WILL NEED TO RE-REGISTER.
Q - What is your refund policy?
A - If you need to cancel your registration prior to April 1st, we will refund ½ of your camp tuition ($180). After April 1st, no refunds will be issued.
Q - May I transfer my payment to another camper?
A - We cannot transfer one camper's payment to another camper. If camp is cancelled, registrations and/or tuition may not be held or transferred.
Q - Will you provide a drop-off and pick-up point?
A - On the 1st day of camp, please park, and walk your child into Summer Show-Offs. We will check in your camper and introduce them to their counselor. You can meet some of our staff, as well. Each morning after, please follow the ‘carpool’ line if you would like a staff person to help your camper out of the car. Always feel free to park and walk your camper inside. In the afternoon, for the younger campers, (up to rising 6th) please park and walk in to get your camper.
Q - Can I drop my child off earlier than 9:00 AM?
A - Staff is present before 9:00 AM, however we are getting ready to receive the campers, setting up and having staff meetings. We ask that you do not drop your child off before 8:45 AM.
Q - Can I pick up my camper after 2:00 PM?
A - Childcare after 2:00 is not provided. We ask that you arrive at 1:40 so that you may have a chance to see what your camper has learned during the day. If time permits, we do try to encourage at least one group to “show-off” at this time! We also make announcements, and it’s a great chance for you to connect with your child’s counselor to inquire about the day!
Q - What does Friday's schedule look like for a Triple Camp Week?
A - Your child will arrive based on their performance time. If you need to confirm your child's performance time, please LOG IN to your online registration account (from the link on the SSO website). Each performance will last about 90 minutes.
10:00 Performance: Arrive at camp between 7:40-8:00 a.m. Dress Rehearsal 8:00-9:15. Muffins and fruit 9:15-10:00. Doors open for admission at 9:40. Admission is free! INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! Performance will begin at 10:00 a.m.
2:30 Performance: Arrive at camp between 12:10-12:30 p.m. Dress Rehearsal 12:30-1:45. Pizza 1:45-2:30. Doors will open for admission at 2:10. Admission is free! INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! Performance will begin at 2:30 p.m.
7:00 Performance: Arrive at camp between 4:40-5:00 p.m. Dress Rehearsal 5:00-6:15. Pizza 6:15-7:00. Doors will open for admission at 6:40 p.m. Admission is free! INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! Performance will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Q - What does Friday's schedule look like for a Single Camp Week? (Auburn, Montgomery and Birmingham camps that offer one performance time)
12:00 Performance: Arrive at camp at 9:00 a.m. Dress Rehearsal 9:00-11:00. Pizza Party 11:00-12:00. Doors open for admission at 11:30. Admission is free! INVITE ALL YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY! Performance will begin at 12:00 noon
Q - What is the length of the performance on Friday?
A - The Friday performance, which includes all age groups, will last approximately 90 minutes.
Q - What about lunch?
A - Campers will eat lunch together with their counselors Monday - Thursday. You may either pre-purchase lunch for your child through the camp store or pack a sack lunch. Options for pre-purchasing lunches will be emailed before camp begins. On Friday, we will have a pizza party, so no sack lunch is necessary, unless your child has a food allergy pertaining to pizza. Water bottles will be available for purchase throughout the week.
Q - What should my child wear to camp each day?
A - Please wear comfortable clothing. Socks and tennis shoes are a MUST. No slip-ons, sandals, or flip-flops. We will be doing a lot of fun choreography!
Q - What should my child wear to the performance on Friday?
A - Each Camper will be given their Summer Show-Offs performance t-shirt on Thursday to take home and wear for Friday’s performance. This shirt is included in the tuition. Please wear appropriate length khaki shorts and tennis shoes for the show!
Q - Who should come to the performance on Friday?
A - The performance is an exciting day for our campers. Every child will have a solo and you will not want to miss it! Please invite friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, etc! The performance is FREE, and we welcome everyone! The show lasts about 90 minutes. Doors open 20 minutes prior to show time.
Q - My child likes to sing, but doesn’t want to sing a solo. Can he/she still come to camp?
A - Absolutely! Send your precious child to camp! They will gain confidence and learn lifelong skills.
Q - If a child has special medical, physical or emotional needs, will they be able to attend camp?
A - While Summer Show-Offs is NOT a camp for children with special needs and our staff is NOT specifically trained to accomodate campers with special needs, we do have a LIMITED amount of space for campers with special needs. If your child has special needs, please complete the registration process and then email our staff (email@example.com). We will need to speak with you directly about your child's needs and OUR AVAILABILITY before your child's registration can be confirmed. Please do not submit a payment until our director has confirmed availability for your registration.
Q - Can I video the performance – or just my child’s solo?
A - Great question! We prefer that you do not video during the performance. It can be distracting for others watching and can interfere with the videographer’s product.
Q - Will a video of the performance be available?
A - Yes! All camp participants will receive an email with a link to view the camp performance. This is FREE to all campers!
Q - Can I take pictures during the performance?
A – For the safety of our performers, NO flash photography is allowed. Other photos that can be taken from your seat without obstructing other audience members are allowed.
Q - What is Counselor Shine?
A - Counselor Shine is an amazing performance showcasing our talented SSO staff. We have fun skits, great singing & dancing…and your camper may vote for his or her favorite counselor to be ‘pied in the face’!
Q - When is Counselor Shine?
A - Counselor Shine will be Thursday, June 13th, at 7:00 PM at Jackson Academy in Jackson, Mississippi AND also on Tuesday, July 16th, at 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. in Birmingham, Alabama.
Q - My child will have to miss one day of camp. Can he/she still attend?
A - While each day is crucial as it is packed with new songs and choreography – we understand that conflicts do arise. If you feel you may miss more than a day of camp – try scheduling a different week! We cover a lot of ground in 5 days to put on a grand performance by Friday, so attendance is important! We encourage campers to be present all 5 days!
Q - Who are the staff members?
A - Our Summer Show-Offs staff members are enthusiastic, talented, positive role models and have a genuine desire to work with children. Staff members are recruited from colleges, universities and local high school seniors. Many of our staff have grown up with us at Summer Show-Offs.